This Is My Story
I'm a real estate investor and podcaster. I'm on a mission to build a real estate portfolio that will last generations and make my great-grandkids proud of me. BUT, in order to do so, I can't walk this road alone. So, I'm documenting the journey, sharing the good and the bad, the wins and the losses, and reporting my findings and everything I learn along the way to those that wish to watch, learn, implement and succeed. Many relationships will be made and fostered on this journey by creating networks of amazing people in the industry and creating incredible returns for people who wish to be involved in the projects. From joint venture partners to private lenders - the sky is the limit in maximizing investment in diverse real estate ventures.
I started my entrepreneurial journey at the age of 18, founding my first business, a window cleaning company that I grew through the summer months while attending university. I instantly fell in love with entrepreneurship and the rewards of building a business. Over the next decade, I went on to start numerous business ventures. From building a digital marketing agency called RoyalWood Media, which focused on working with multinational corporations, like KIA Motors, where we built out their digital messenger marketing strategies. I also love to share people's inspirational stories through unique storytelling experiences on my podcast ‘The Andrew Bilak Show.’
My true passion though is real estate. I started my real estate investing journey when I was thirty years old. I bought my first investment property with a partner; a duplex student rental in London, Ontario down the street from Fanshawe College. Within 10 days of that first purchase we bought another student rental from the same seller directly across the street. I've been hooked on real estate investing ever since. Fast forward to today, I have a growing portfolio that consists of 6 doors with 4 properties which are located mostly across southern Ontario in Canada while also expanding into the international market as well. I’ve been able to creatively structure deals through a variety of ways to make my deals come together. Some, but not all include using ’other people’s money’ (OPM), creating win-win joint-venture partnerships, and raising capital in exchange for healthy returns for those capital investors in my projects.
I'm on a mission to invest in unique real estate projects, by predominantly using the BRRRR method (Buy, Rehab, Rent, Refinance & Repeat). The long-term goal is to focus on investing/developing more net-zero/passive real estate investments. Climate change is a very important issue to me and has changed the way I would like to invest in my future real estate projects.
There's never one route to get to your desired investment outcome in real estate, nor are two deals ever the same. With this in mind, I am always open-minded to finding creative financing and win-win partnerships in order to make the real estate projects I invest in successful.